Statement by Ontario NDP Transportation Critic Wayne Gates (MPP Niagara Falls) regarding release of 2015 Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan

“Privatizing winter road maintenance has put drivers in Ontario at risk all across the province. Everyone knows that in the winter it’s going to snow, and Ontarians deserve efficient and high quality snow-clearing to ensure our roads are safe.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath celebrates Pride

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I’m proud to celebrate Pride. 

Through June and July, in communities across our province, Ontarians will celebrate acceptance – The acceptance of all Ontarians regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

Just 35 years ago, Pride in Toronto began as a protest. It was a few thousand people rallying against discrimination toward the LGBTQ community. Now – this week – more than a million people, of all backgrounds, from all over the world descend on Toronto to participate in celebratory events.

Liberal cuts to hospitals forcing elderly patients to pay out-of-pocket: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement:

“Our parents and grandparents are paying the price for Liberal cuts to our hospitals. When our seniors need care, they should be able to trust that our public hospitals and long-term care homes will meet their needs. But Liberal cuts are forcing overcrowded hospitals to find loopholes and making seniors pay for care out of their own pockets.

Horwath: Our loved ones deserve decent fresh meals when in Hospital

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says patients at Hamilton Health Sciences deserve meals that are fresh and locally prepared. On June 25, Hamilton Health Sciences Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to outsource food preparation from the hospital’s in-house kitchen, to factory production in Ottawa and the GTA.

“My mom and dad worked hard so my brothers, sister and I could enjoy good fresh home-cooked meals. It’s something I’ve passed on to my son. It’s tough enough when our loved ones are in hospital. They deserve healthy, fresh and locally prepared meals. Would the Premier really want her loved ones eating what amounts to frozen TV dinners? ” asked Horwath. “Kathleen Wynne should be supporting fresh food for patients and good jobs in our hospital kitchens, not cutting funding and forcing hospitals to truck in factory prepared food. It’s not too late for her to show that she thinks patients should come first.”


Statement by Andrea Horwath on National Aboriginal Day

New Democrats join with indigenous Ontarians to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.

Today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud legacy of Canada’s Indigenous people and the fundamental contributions of our First Peoples to our culture. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the injustices done to aboriginal people and to re-commit ourselves as a society to addressing these wrongs.

Statement from NDP GTA critic Cheri DiNovo on cycling deaths in Toronto

"In the last two weeks, three people were killed riding bikes in Toronto. Two of the incidents were hit-and-runs. This is appalling.

The hundreds of cyclists who demonstrated today at Toronto City Hall have made it clear that the growing number of road fatalities can’t be ignored.